Community Life - Cleburne, TX June/July 2020 - Page 28

same time cause I quit smoking.” Decades later, after figuring out the guitar, Sibley found himself playing in the Rio Vista Social Club, a local band that’s featured several different musicians through the years. Song writing followed a few years later. “Wrote my first song in probably 2014,” Sibley said. “That was it. That’s when I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Then I won the Texas Troubadour Songwriter of the Year Award in 2015.” Fellow Cleburne singer/songwriter Peter Pope played a role, Sibley said. “Yeah, in fact, we started playing together and he had started writing one or two songs and was doodling with it but I think we only knew maybe two or three songs when we started playing,” Sibley said. “I’d go over to his house and play and stuff like that. It’s kind of weird we both turned out to be songwriters.” It’s a natural process, Sibley said of his song writing. “I just sit down and start playing and I’ll just be thinking then, poof! All the sudden it pops into my head,” Sibley said. “Sometimes it takes a few days to write one. Others, a song like “The Gift,” took me about an hour to write. I’ll play guitar for a while then the words, a phrase will come into my head then I just kind of goof around on guitar and it will come together. Sometimes I’ll switch the guitar bits around a little bit as I’m figuring out the song.” However Sibley’s process works, Pope said he’s just glad that it does. “My friend Bill Sibley is super talented,” Pope said. “I love his songs. He makes people feel what he’s singing about. He’s also an excellent guitarist and harmonica player and his voice is unique and entertaining. He is truly an artist.” Alvarado singer/songwriter Brittany Oviedo agrees. “Bill is hands down one of the most The cover of Bill Sibley’s album, “Sweet Rain.” down-to-earth people I’ve ever met,” Oviedo said. “He’s one of the best songwriters I’ve ever met. I once watched him play his song, “The Gift,” a song he wrote about his mother and there was not a dry eye in the house. I’m grateful to call him a friend and thankful for his support and guidance.” The cover of “Sweet Rain,” Sibley’s recent CD, shows his feet, shoelaces untied, walking down Criner Street in downtown Grandview. “Because 30 years ago I walked out of Courtesy photo town and stopped drinking,” Sibley said. “Been 30 years sober this year. Walked to my mom’s in Alvarado then walked to Cleburne and began going to meetings [to stop drinking]. Two years going, didn’t miss a meeting.” The CD — Sibley said he’s working on a more acoustic sounding follow up — delivers a from-the-heart mix of bluesy rock to more straightforward country. “Skeletons,” with it’s nod toward “The Munsters” theme frat party comical Halloween fare. Had it been released in 1963 it may We have been serving the North Texas Boating Community for over two decades since opening our ���������������������������� ������������������������������������ ����������������������������� 501 S. Main St. Cleburne • 817-447-9191 320 W. Hurst Blvd. Hurst • 817-280-0303 www.funnsunboats.com 28 Community Life